COP26, shorthand for the 26th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, officially began Sunday, and NCR’s environment correspondent Brian Roewe is there, covering it for EarthBeat.
“The high-stakes summit comes as the science of climate change has crystallized, its impacts have come more clearly into focus around the world and time to avert worst-case scenarios is running short,” Roewe writes in his first report from Glasgow.
Find out what faith groups are doing here.
On Friday, in a BBC radio address, Francis urged radical decisions and rapid action on climate at COP26.
Follow all of EarthBeat’s coverage of COP26 here.
For Myriam Gurba, celebrating Día de Los Muertos, which falls on Nov. 1, was one way that she came to weave ancestral veneration into the fabric of her daily life. “I relished the lore narrated by parents and other family members regarding the spirits,” she writes in an essay about the holy day.
Her ofrenda, a seasonal altar for Día de Los Muertos, honors her family's Mexican matriarchs.”On its lower tier, jars brim with flowers. Pink and orange tissue paper banners brighten the table. Incense spices the air while a cup of water offers relief to thirsty travelers. A dish of salt purifies and preserves. A picture of my grandmother Arcelia beautifies. A crucifix and rosary that belonged to my grandmother Esperanza evoke her long-suffering presence,” she writes.
ICYMI, President Joe Biden met with Pope Francis on Friday. At NCR, we had four stories:
Vatican correspondent Christopher White’s first report said that Biden praised Pope Francis as "the most significant warrior for peace I've ever met" during the meeting, which clocked in at a likely-record 75 minutes.
Biden later stirred the pot when he publicly disclosed that Pope Francis had told him in their private meeting that he should continue receiving Communion.
Conservative U.S. bishops were none too pleased with the meeting, as staff writer Brian Fraga says in this roundup of early reaction.
And columnist Michael Sean Winters writes that Biden's revealing of the pope's words on Communion was impolitic, but forgivable.